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101  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Request: Modify Format/Case, order of rules, etc. on: June 19, 2015, 05:16:40 AM
Unwitting humour? I liked this exchange - a LOL moment for me:
...What cryptic alien language is this though?
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.pl is perl smiley
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@kunkel321's question was spot-on:
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PERL...In 1998, it was also referred to as the "duct tape that holds the Internet together", in reference to both its ubiquitous use as a glue language and its perceived inelegance. - Wikipedia.

But yet there are those amongst us who work magic by speaking a secret alien language, unknown to uninitiated, later generations.
102  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Firewall Control - Mini Review (problems with WFN) on: June 16, 2015, 12:04:22 PM
EDIT 2015-06-20 0018hrs: This is not a comment about WFC (Windows Firewall Control) but about WFN (Windows Firewall Notifier). The two are not the same sort of thing.
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I made a comment in this thread that included reference to WFN (Windows Firewall Notifier): Re: Windows Firewall Control - Mini Review, where I wrote:
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4. Windows Firewall Notifier: Not a firewall control per se, but a useful notification tool. Probably a bit complicated to use for many users (more options/decisions to take). In use is annoying as heck and does not seem to be very intuitive. Uninstalls relatively easily via brute force.
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I tried the latest version of WFN out yesterday, had some significant problems and thought I should post a comment here as a follow-up warning from my earlier comment, and just to close the loop.

My notes:
I'd suggest people be very careful with this one. Potentially nothing but trouble unless you use a sandbox, just-in-case. Otherwise, it could be a real time bandit to get things fixed afterwards.

When WFN started up, a veritable nightmare instantly ensued.
The laptop simply froze. After a long delay I was able to get Task Manager to start and display the processes in operation, so that I could see what was going on (OS is Win8.1-64 PRO). The Task Manager display showed that WFN had gone mad - the display was awash with notifier.exe instances, which were being spawned at a helluva rate and all the instances were hogging CPU and memory. The laptop was fully occupied with WFN processes. I pressed the OFF switch.
On rebooting the laptop, WFN proceeded to start up and repeat the spawning of notifier.exe. The laptop was unusable.
To fix things was time-consuming. I took out the hard drive and inserted it into a portable USB carrier. Using another laptop, I then ran the virus and Malwarebytes checkers on that drive (since the behaviour of WFN seemed to mimic the behaviour of a hijack virus).
No virus/malware was detected, so I expunged the WFN directory and reinstalled the drive back into it's laptop and rebooted. The laptop functioned, but anything that was using the Firewall would no longer work.
On inspection, I saw that several of the Windows Defender Firewall rules had been trashed/scrambled. I spent a couple of hours tediously manually checking, rebuilding and testing all the incoming/outgoing rules. I still can't get MS OneNote to sync to OneDrive. Yet the firewall rules look OK, now, so I must be making a mistake somewhere. Sheesh.

What's the explanation? I figured that WFN maybe could have been a deliberate virus mimic, or possibly a stupid prank by the author, perhaps in aggrieved retaliation for the criticisms of some users that he referred to in annoyed fashion. He says: "Before you go on and start whining about issues, this is an ALPHA version, meaning it's NOT finished yet and is only there because I don't want you to wait any longer before being able to give it a try.".
I have no idea why people might do that - i.e., if it were (say) a prank - but I certainly I didn't see that I or any other programmer would release an Alpha version in such a dodgy and inelegant state. Entirely my own fault, really. I mean, the author does call it an Alpha version, and for good reason, apparently.
We can all learn from this. If I ever decide to try WFN out again, I'll not take any risks, but will use a sandbox, and I recommend others do likewise, rather than just avoid the software. I'm sure it will be improved. It looked like it should be pretty good/useful - by design, at any rate - and that map idea, for example, is rather innovative. I'd like to get to use it and try it out.
Once bitten, twice shy though.
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103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Config Descriptions on: June 16, 2015, 06:07:58 AM
This is a handy utility if you like tinkering in the about:config to try and understand what the various config items do.
Config Descriptions essentially provides you with a view of whatever minimum documentation there may be in the code.
From the extension notes: https://addons.mozilla.or...fig-descriptions/?src=api

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Config Descriptions
Shows source comments for advanced application preferences in about:config

The about:config page in Firefox and other Mozilla software lists a litany of default and stored preferences, some better managed through options dialogs, the rest hidden for advanced users. Tinkering with the settings in here generally requires you to look up what they are online. Mozilla does, however, have its own documentation for many of its preferences in source comments in the default preferences files. This addon lets you see them in about:config.

This extension provides a quick way to view the information about preferences that is already shipped with your browser. For more detail and information about other preferences without source comments, you'll still need to look them up online:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/About:config_entries
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MBAM scans freeze computer on: June 14, 2015, 12:32:25 AM
...Tried to download MBAM but do not have the option to run and it will not save or save as.
I guess I'll see what Tech Support has to offer.

That could actually indicate there may be a potentially serious problem with your PC system. MBAM Tech Support probably won't be able to help you with that. Nothing at the MBAM download site should prevent you from being able to "Save/Save As".
The problem thus seems to be that either something could be inhibiting/disabling your browser from the "Save/Save As" functionality, or, possibly you are unaware of how to use that functionality.

If you are operating the PC as a member of an Administrator status group, and IF something is inhibiting the "Save/Save As" functionality, then, from experience of fixing friends' virus-infected PCs, that would typically be symptomatic of a hijack virus. If you have one of those, then it is likely that there will be other symptoms - e.g., quite a lot of other functionality will be inhibited/disabled also.

So, two areas of questions:
  • 1. Virus-checker:
    What anti-virus package do you have on your PC?
    In its settings, are there any programs "whitelisted" (listed as not to be scanned)?
    Is it's version and virus signature file  up-to-date?
    Does it seem to run and update itself and its virus signature files properly?
    Has it been running all the time?
    Has it been switched OFF or disabled for any period of time?
    What was the date and overall result of its last scan?
    Can you make it start a fresh full scan, without any whitelisted programs, and does that scan complete properly and without any errors?
    On completion of the scan, in the settings, are there any programs "whitelisted" (listed as not to be scanned)?

  • 2. MBAM:
    Which version did you have - FREE or PRO/Premium?
    In its settings, are there any programs "whitelisted" (listed as not to be scanned)?
    How did you get your initial version of MBAM installed, and do you still have that installer file?
    Can you reinstall that version and does it seem to run and update itself and its virus signature files properly?
    Can you make it start a fresh full scan, without any whitelisted programs, and does that scan complete properly and without any errors?
    On completion of the scan, in the settings, are there any programs "whitelisted" (listed as not to be scanned)?

Two possibilities occur to me:
(a) You do not understand how to use the "Save/Save As" functionality.
(b) Your PC has a virus.

Assuming (a) is not the case, then going through the questions above should help to eliminate (b) as a possibility.

Trying to address/resolve the apparent problem before identifying the facts as above could be an academic exercise at best.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MBAM scans freeze computer on: June 12, 2015, 12:32:21 PM
@crabby3: Let us know if it gets fixed and how, please!
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [Infographics] WWII deaths compared w. others on: June 11, 2015, 01:10:51 PM
@tomos: Thanks for posting that. I hadn't seen it before. One of the most informative and objective statistical reviews of WW2 v. the other wars that I have ever seen. Shocking impact.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MBAM scans freeze computer on: June 11, 2015, 11:46:56 AM
@crabby3: I thought what you wrote looked familiar, so I did a DuckGo search on "PC freezes began after installing MBAM v2.1.6.1022". Got lots of hits.
Found this one relevant - a forum post on MWB from 2009:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Freezing Issues Redux - Page 2 - Malwarebytes News - Malwarebytes Forum
Posted 30 May 2009 - 03:50 AM
Basic procedures to correct freezing issues often due to other Security Software
If these procedures do not correct the problem please create a new post seeking further assistance

    Uninstall Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware using Add/Remove programs in the control panel.
    Restart your computer (very important).
    Download and run this utility.
    It will ask to restart your computer (please allow it to).
    After the computer restarts, install the latest version from here
    Note: If you're using a PAID version of Malwareybtes, you will need to reactivate the program using the license you were sent via e-mail.

BEFORE registering and starting the Protection Module, locate the Exclusion List for your Anti-Virus. Probably under an advanced menu in the program.
Add the following folders, sub-folders if you can, at a minimum add the files to the exclusion to be safe.

    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Malwarebytes\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\rules.ref
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\mbam.sys
    C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\mbamswissarmy.sys
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbam.exe
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamgui.exe
    C:\Program Files\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware\mbamservice.exe

This is pretty much as per my separate post of 2015-01-30: FIXED: Malwarebytes permanently running at high (approx. 27%) CPU utilisation.

Looks like once MBAM gets messed up, the "best practice" solution recommended by the developers is to expunge all traces of it and then install the latest version from scratch.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: June 11, 2015, 11:04:55 AM
Interesting, but maybe not as comprehensive as the collection of obfuscation methods involved in the JunkBuster approach:
Refer:
Wayback 2000: http://wayback.archive.or...ttp://www.junkbuster.com/
109  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit - Cloud storage service (FREE) - Mini-Review. (WARNING!) on: June 06, 2015, 12:53:04 PM
This is my latest reply to Tresorit Customer Service: (following on from the above)
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2015-06-05:
Hello X,
Many thanks for your email (below) explaining what has happened. I now understand why my account would have been deleted.

I checked back to the New Terms and Conditions of Use as at 2013-11-11 that I was obliged to agree to if I wished to continue using the "free" service, per the startup notice in the Tresorit application at that time.

Though I had not noticed it, the Ts & Cs clearly state (sXIV):
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XIV Inactive Free Accounts
62. If You have chosen a plan with no charge ("Free Account") and if Your Free Account was inactive for at least one-hundred and twenty (120) days and no valid User Plan is bound to Your Free Account, Tresorit will send You a notice. Fifteen (15) days after such notice, Tresorit may suspend Your Free Account or delete all of Your Content related to Your Free Account, and/or we may terminate the Agreement between You and Tresorit.

However, this point is not mentioned (though it arguably should have been) in section XIX Termination by Tresorit.

I could find no email in my inbox from Tresorit giving notice of imminent account deletion. However, after digging into my email backup archive, I discovered in the archive that I had received one email from Tresorit (not 3 as you suggest) giving 15 days' notice of account deletion/termination. I had not seen this email at the time - it was at a point when I had been away and came back to an overflowing mailbox, and I suspect the Tresorit email was inadvertently picked up as spam and deleted. My apologies.

Nevertheless, the Ts & Cs clearly state "…will send You a notice", and one notice had indeed been sent, so I can't fault Tresorit on that score.

So, back to the possibility of recovering my deleted Tresorit. Is it the case that it is physically impossible to restore it? I had always regarded the definition of "secure storage" as meaning just that - i.e., secure/permanently fixed - barring potential accidental loss/fire, Acts of God, etc.

So, could you please advise whether you will, or refuse, to restore the deleted Tresorit from backup?

As an "early adopter", I joined Tresorit on 2013-04-12 with the sincere belief and on the understanding that Tresorit offered secure, reliable, and encrypted storage - and I advised many people to consider putting their storage with Tresorit for FREE. I am now embarrassed to have to tell them that I had made a huge (albeit genuine) mistake about the Ts & Cs. For example, please refer to Tresorit - Cloud storage service (FREE) - Mini-Review. (WARNING!)

By the way, I have tried, but am still unable to access my account, though you say it should be accessible now. I shall keep trying. Maybe I am doing something wrong? Could you please tell me the precise procedure I need to follow?

Thankyou in anticipation.

Regards,
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Comparison of FREE Cloud Storage services. on: June 06, 2015, 12:33:17 PM
EDIT: 2015-06-07 0524hrs: Title of this opening post was changed to reflect what this thread seems to be turning into.

This especially interesting review was what encouraged me to make the edit:
Comparison of 15 Best Free Cloud Storage Services

By the way, don't lose sight of what risks you run with Tresorit - refer Tresorit - Cloud storage service (FREE) - Mini-Review. (WARNING!)
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 05, 2015, 09:01:26 AM
@Stephen66515: Nice of you to notice. All donations/contributions/credits gratefully accepted. Thankyou in anticipation.
In answer to your query:
  • My notes: Actually, I tend to write notes about things because I have trained myself to do that to focus my concentration on what I am involved in or doing, and because that is when and how I do most of my recording of events and thinking - that is, when I am writing and trying to articulate some meaning. The notes are useful because I can't remember everything that I do or think, so the notes act as an aide memoire. My intention is to articulate and communicate useful information and sense (rational meaning) so that I or others would be able to read it later and make some use of it, and perhaps gain from it.

  • Payment for writing: I effectively get paid for my writing in those cases when my notes are included in a report for a client about a complex problem resolution, or something - where it is important that everything that needs to be mentioned is adequately dealt with in a rational, thorough and objective manner (no opinions).

  • Level of detail: When I keep the notes to myself they are usually in abbreviated form, and others may never see them. However, when I put them into a report, or blog or forum in an attempt to make a useful contribution, then I will expand them and write in much more precise and factual terms that are self-contained and (hopefully) lucid. Any references I give help towards that end, and are usually already in my abbreviated notes.


@TaoPhoenix: Sir, you are a scholar and a gentleman.

@ayryq: Thanks for all the links - interesting, and could be useful. Not sure about Win95 functionality - I think I might have skipped using that one, or only used it for a short while.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 05, 2015, 01:21:07 AM
An exasperating aspect of the Windows OSes is that they may include features that seem to be a designer's idea of "what we are going to like" (or more often, "what the marketing people say we are gong to be obliged to accept, whether we actually like it or not") - for example, a case in point being all the redundant Metro/Win8 interface rubbish - fortunately mostly easily fixed by installing The Classic Shell and disabling most of the useless/redundant aspects of the interface.

We aren't really given much option with these force-fed but potentially unwanted/unneeded features, which sometimes/often appear to pay scant regard to ergonomics, and be all about so-called "new interface standards" or "modern tools" that we are going to be given for our own good. (Thus putting the many perfectly adequate "old tools" in a pejorative light as being "outmoded".)

So it really is a pleasure for me when I come across an example of some real effort being made by Microsoft to ensure that ergonomics may be - albeit belatedly - coming to the forefront in the OS' interface design criteria.
Here is a really heartening example, relating to Win10:
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Snap Assist (extracted from Arrange your Windows in a Snap
One of the most popular Aero Snap features in Windows 7 is the ability to drag windows to the left or right edges of the screen to resize them to half the screen. This allows you to choose any two windows and easily snap them side-by-side—a very handy feature when drafting an email or comparison shopping, for example.

When arranging two windows side-by-side, we noticed in practice that this scenario frequently involved snapping the first window and then spending time wading through other windows on screen to find the second one to drag and snap. This insight lead us to ask: instead of making you hunt for the second window to snap, why not present a list of recently used windows up front? This is the fundamental idea behind Snap Assist in Windows 10.

Snap Assist significantly speeds up the process of snapping two windows side-by-side by offering you a choice of windows to snap. Through our Windows Insider Program, we’ve seen that 90% of the time, users have chosen to take advantage of this improvement and pick the second app directly from Snap Assist rather than hunting for it manually. Snap Assist also has a number of related benefits. For example, just like Task View, it makes it easier to use the desktop with touch and comes in handy as part of Continuum.
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I found it heartening, for the reasons given above, but I also found it depressingly obtuse, because the quote above illustrates a mentality that is so far behind the times as to be apparently ignorant of users' needs. Depressingly, it has apparently taken the designers several years to realise that users actually might want to "choose any two windows and easily snap them side-by-side — a very handy feature...", and even more depressingly that they give as an example "... when drafting an email or comparison shopping". I'm almost (but not actually) surprised that they didn't write something like "when comparing a Pinterest post with a Facebook post" - or something equally facile.

The requirement to do such a side-by-side comparison predates Aero Snap in Win7 by several years, originating in early Windows stone age OS limitations. For example, I recall using a free ZDNet proggy in Win3.1 (I think it was) that conveniently popped up 2 Windows Explorer windows, stuck together side-by-side, because, well, a lot of people really needed to be able to do that, and it was a darn sight easier to use the freeware proggy than open two separate Windows Explorer instances and try to juggle their two windows side-by-side and keep the two windows ON TOP at the same time. Sheesh.

Even worse, the article says "For example, just like Task View, it makes it easier to use the desktop with touch and comes in handy as part of Continuum." The implication being that designers may have been still oblivious to the gaping need on the Desktop until they perceived an ergonomic dysfunction vis-à-vis the new technology touch screens and the new "Continuum" product.

Anyway, on a more positive note, I am very pleased that some awareness of real user needs for good ergonomics seems to be permeating the conciousness of designers. It's a veritable milestone. I am incredibly excited at the prospect of being more easily able to compare my fav Pinterest posts with my fav Facebook posts, or something.    Wink
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 04, 2015, 10:18:09 PM
Coincidentally, I just read this in my feed-reader: Governments of the World Agree: Encryption Must Die!.
I think the writer makes a point - or two - but probably nothing that we collectively might not have already independently observed.
However, the article got me to thinking: Wouldn't it be a piece of bad luck if, for some merely technical reason, TC and other perfectly good encryption systems discussed in this thread were not supported by new operating systems or file systems ... for example, (say) in Win10 or later?    tellme
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 04, 2015, 09:58:11 PM
@Lolipop Jones: Reading this reminds me that I should consider using TC 7.1a as the "alternative" to TrueCrypt.
Sounds like your data backup is certainly secure  - exactly the way, for example, that Tresorit isn't.
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: June 04, 2015, 09:05:46 PM
I have IainB's 5300 if no one beats me to posting. I wasn't sure what to do because it's a complicated big post. I was gonna just post a snip but I could use some advice.
(Iain, it's the Tresorit one.)
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I would have missed your post had I not seen my name in the feed-reader (it shows the first line of each post).
Crikey! I hadn't noticed my post counter had got up so high.
I reopened my post from my FF cache and screen-clipped it into OneNote, and here it is:

[attachthumb=#]
116  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit - Cloud storage service (FREE) - Mini-Review. (WARNING!) on: June 04, 2015, 08:28:03 PM
...To me, it seemed that if you're running a backup service, you can expect a lot of stationary data. ...
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Having been responsible for the configuration and review of operational backup procedures for several large data centers, I can confirm that this is exactly one of the things that one would expect and find in practice.
Furthermore, I can confirm that the usual working definition of "secure storage" in IT parlance would not include the risk that any user's data would get deleted within X days if it had not been accessed - that would be preposterous, and is the main reason why I am so embarrassed about having missed this in the Ts & Cs and recommended the service. It would not be correct to call that a "secure storage service", by definition. If it was called such, then it would be blatantly misleading.
117  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit -WARNING! Mini-review contained a grievous error of omission/fact. on: June 04, 2015, 05:03:45 AM
2015-06-04 2025hrs: WARNING! Looks like my review above contains a grievous error/omission of fact.
I had not noticed and so had failed to point out that in the Terms and Conditions of Use 11/11/2013 (see the spoiler that I inserted in the Opening Post at the time) it says:
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XIV Inactive Free Accounts
62. If You have chosen a plan with no charge ("Free Account") and if Your Free Account was inactive for at least one-hundred and twenty (120) days and no valid User Plan is bound to Your Free Account, Tresorit will send You a notice. Fifteen (15) days after such notice, Tresorit may suspend Your Free Account or delete all of Your Content related to Your Free Account, and/or we may terminate the Agreement between You and Tresorit.
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- and that this point is not mentioned (though it arguably should have been) in the section XIX Termination by Tresorit.

I thought I should post this so that other users who started using Tresorit on my recommendation would be made aware of the facts.
APOLOGY: I sincerely apologise to anyone who might have been discombobulated by this news. I most assuredly would never have recommended Tresorit had I known, or at least not without some major caveats.
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How I discovered this:
I had not needed to add to my workdata archive backup (which is what I intended Tresorit for) for a while, and so had not played about with Tresorit lately, but, prompted by the recent discussions (above), a few days ago I started up my Tresorit and it said the software (GUI) was out-of-date, so the latest version was downloaded and installed.
However, after the software had updated, I was unable to log in. So I logged a service query on the Tresorit Support desk via Submit a request:
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​2015-05-30
Unable to log in to Tresorit on desktop - "Wrong email or password".
Yet I have not changed either my email address or password.
Please confirm that my Tresorit account is still active for this email address (xxx@xxx.com).
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Tresorit Customer Service responded with an email:
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2015-06-02
 Hi!
Thank you very much for contacting us.
We can only confirm that your account has been deleted, however if you re-register the 50GB space will be there waiting for you.
Thank you very much for your cooperation, have a nice day!

Best regards,
The Tresorit Team

This email is a service from Tresorit Customer Service. Delivered by Zendesk.
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Somewhat confused as to how my account could have been deleted (I didn't recall having done it, and no-one else had access to it), I tried to "re-register" but kept hitting a brick wall.
So I replied to Tresorit Customer Service:
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2015-06-02
Thankyou for your email (below).
I went through the re-registration process, which obliged me to delete my account, even though you advise (below) that it is already deleted. There was no change and I was still unable to access the account.
So I repeated the re-registration process - again, no change.

So, I am still stuck at the original state as per my initial request for assistance.
Thus, I am still unable to login to my account with the correct email ID and password, and you advised me that the account has been deleted and gave me directions to re-establish my account, which directions, when followed,  seem not to work (twice).

With all due respect, though the Tresorit blurb claims that the service is "ultra-secure storage and sharing", I am having considerable difficulty seeing how the problems above reconcile with that claim.
​​Could you please explain to me​:
  • (a) ​ what Tresorit Co. intended by deleting my account ​in the first place ​(if it indeed has been deleted)​,​ and
  • ​(b) ​how you ​now ​propose to ​go about restoring ​the account ​and its contents, from backup, ​to its original status​ and without loss of data,​ and
  • (c) ​how you propose to ​go about granting me access, and
  • (d) why you have invalidated my account ID and password combination, and
  • (e) what steps have been taken to prevent this sort of foul-up happening again and what assurances Tresorit Co. can give me that it will not happen again and that my account and data will remain secure in future?

Thankyou in anticipation of your reply.
Regards,
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Tresorit Customer Service replied:

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2015-06-03:
Hi X.,
Thank you very much for getting back to us.
First of all your account is validated now, so it should work fine.

Let's see:
1. We could only see that your account was in a deleted state that means that either someone deleted it for you (by accessing your email address and initiating the deletion) or you have not logged in to Tresorit for more than 120 days and as per the terms of service we deleted the account. In that case you should have received at least 3 mails telling you to log in.

2. The moment your account is deleted, your files become deleted as well, so we cannot restore them for you.

3. Your login/pwd combination was invalid because the account you tried to access was not accessible anymore.

We can guarantee you that Tresorit never deletes your account only after being inactive for 120 days.

Thank you very much for your cooperation, looking forward to your response, have a nice day!

Best regards,
The Tresorit Team
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At the moment, I am still trying to get back into my account, but without much luck so far.
I shall update the opening post regarding the Ts & Cs, and keep this thread updated with further progress.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Comparison of FREE Cloud Storage services. on: June 03, 2015, 11:11:27 AM
EDIT: 2015-06-07 0524hrs: Title of this opening post was changed to reflect what this thread seems to be turning into.

OneDrive v. Google Drive?
I have been mulling over this comparison for a while.
As far as I am aware, OneDrive does not muck about with (e.g., alter or compress) your files, whereas Google Drive does.
From experience, for documents, Google Drive/Docs will create "GDocs" copies of some of your files, and duplicate them, then later delete and update them to new formats. All without the user's say-so.
The duplication comes from when they changed "labels" to "folders", thus forcing duplication of documents which you had tagged with multiple labels. That seriously pissed me off. The labelling was a brilliant idea and they should have left well enough alone.
For images and videos, Gdrive is unreliable in Picasa, because they compress your images/videos, and it's a one-way lossy compression, so you can't rely on Gdrive for uncorrupted backup of your photos OR videos.
So, from my perspective, Gdrive is unreliable - not so OneDrive.

However, I don't really have that much experience of OneDrive, except that it does a sterling job with my OneNote Notebooks and User Preferences syncing and MS Office document storage/backup (as one would expect), but I was unsure of the image/video storage aspects.

What I wanted was someone else to tell me about their greater experience.

I just found this by Glen Lipka:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Google Drive vs. Microsoft OneDrive
2015-06-02

I have been using OneDrive for a while now as our cloud service. However, complaints have forced me to reconsider. Here is a quick summary of my thoughts on the subject.

Pricing
OneDrive pricing.
15 GB    Free
100 GB    $1.99/month
200 GB    $3.99/month
1 TB    $6.99/month (includes Office 365)

Google Drive Pricing.
15 GB    Free
100 GB    $1.99/month
1 TB    $9.99/month (includes Google Apps)

They both offer office apps, but the full Microsoft Office suite is much more powerful and has both online and offline versions. With that said, Google is still 50% more expensive at the 1TB level.

Price Winner: Microsoft
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Displaying Pictures/Videos
I have alot of photos online. I used to use Picassa, but it just didn’t the one feature I needed – folders! I organize my photos by year and then by month. Tags aren’t always good enough. I loved the Picasa photo editor, especially the red-eye removal, but without folders it just wasn’t going to work for me. Recently, Picasa has been merging into Google+. Actually, it’s pretty confusing what is happening there. I don’t use Google+, so I just don’t know what to think about their solution. With Picasa, YouTube, Google+ and Drive it is hard to understand what Google is doing. It feels like a lack of leadership/coordination to me.

On the other side, Microsoft does a great job of creating a nice interface for pictures. It has lightboxes and plenty of options. No red-eye removal, but the experience for viewers has been pretty good. My only complaint for Microsoft has been the lack of proper codecs to display DivX videos. It can display simpler formats, but I usually compress my videos using the DivX converter so they take up less space.

Display Winner: Microsoft
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Sync Stability
If Microsoft had this part of the system under control, I would just give them the crown. It’s a better UI at a better price. However, the sync stability has been a nightmare. They are trying to embed this into the operating system, but honestly, they just fucked it up royally. Constant sync errors and confusing UI makes me worried about losing files constantly. The error icon is constant and the solution (re-open the file) is sketchy at best. Microsoft Office asks me the question, “Do you want to keep the server version or yours?”. This would be fine if they gave me a way to DIFF the two versions. How the hell should I know which is the right version?! They were supposed to be sync’d. No one else is editing!

You can see how Sync problems are by far the most infuriating issue. The importance of a stable sync can not be exaggerated.  Google’s sync, seems to be much more elegant. The progress of the sync is much clearer. It also asks you if you mean to delete on both the server and local. (Microsoft is unclear when this happens). The speed seems ok so far.  I have to test it more, but right now…

Winner: Google
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Sharing and Identity Management
They basically have the same sharing model. However, Microsoft wants you to use their Microsoft account and Google wants you to use their Google account. (Duh!) So it comes down to which one of those accounts is more prevalent in people’s lives, especially me and my family.  The answer is: We all use GMail. None of us use Microsoft. My phone is Google, my watch is Google.

Microsoft has tried numerous times to improve their email client, but ultimately, I keep having spam problems. Using GMail (and most recently Inbox) eliminates spam from my life. I’m not switching. Also, the Microsoft Phone is still DOA, so I am not buying that either.

Winner: Google
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Summary – Split Decision!
So for now, I switched all of my normal files to Google Drive but left all of the photos and video at OneDrive. There are fewer sync problems with photos because I am not actively editing them.  I will experiment with the photos at Google, but the extra storage expense is making me wary.

I hope this comparison helped you in some way. I’m just trying to educate, engage and entertain.  Not always in that order.
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In my case, OneDrive would seem to be:
  • The winner on price. (From the costs given in the above.)
  • The winner on display. (I learned that from the above.)
  • The winner on sync. (From my experience, though syncing images/videos has yet to be tested by me.)
  • The winner on Sharing and Identity Management. (Outlook being far superior in functionality and integration with Social Networking.)
  • The winner on Data Integrity & Security. (QED).

Couple this with the Cavalier approach of Google in it unilateral killing-off of Google products, leaving the users with nothing else, then any Google user would probably be wise to reconsider whether their data was actually safe in Google's hands. The reverse would seem to be more clearly the case.
So, it looks like it's "Goodbye Google" from me to even more of their services, in addition to those they have already pulled.
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: June 02, 2015, 07:48:42 AM
Lunchbox suicide.

An Irishman, a Mexican and a blonde Englishman were doing construction work on scaffolding on the 20th floor of a building.
They had sat down to eat lunch, and were opening their lunchboxes when the Irishman said, "Corned beef and cabbage! If Oi get corned beef and cabbage one more time for me lunch, den Oi'm going to jump off dis building!"
 
The Mexican opened his lunch box and exclaimed,"Burritos again! If I get zese burritos one more time I'm a gonna jump off too!"
 
The blonde opened his lunch and said, "Bologna again! If I get a bologna sandwich one more time, I'm jumping too!"'
 
The next day, the Irishman opened his lunchbox, saw corned beef and cabbage, and jumped to his death.
The Mexican opened his lunchbox, saw a burrito, and jumped, too.
The blonde guy opened his lunchbox, saw the bologna and jumped to his death as well.
 
At their triple funeral, the Irishman's widow was weeping. She said, "Oh, if only I'd known how really tired he was of corned beef and cabbage, I never would have given it to him again!"
The Mexican's widow also wept, and said, "I could have given him tacos or enchiladas! I didn't realize he hated burritos so much."
The two wives looked expectantly at the weeping blonde guy's widow. She dabbed her eyes with a tissue and said, "I just can't understand it. He always made his own lunch."
120  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PowerISO 6.0 (100% Discount) - CD/DVD image file processing tool on: June 02, 2015, 07:44:05 AM
If PowerISO is too much trouble, then consider IsoBuster Pro - Mini-Review
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft OneNote - audio search settings on: June 01, 2015, 12:41:43 PM
I posted about Searching for information in audio notes in OneNote.
That was in ON 2007.
Here is the relevant settings panel to enable audio index/search in ON 2013:

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122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: June 01, 2015, 03:58:38 AM
Highly amusing, deliberately bogus piece of dietary weight-loss research recently published:
I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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John Bohannon
Filed to: debunkery   
    diets
    chocolate
    pseudoscience
    biology
    health
    medicine
    editor's picks

5/27/15 1:23pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it ricocheted around the internet and beyond, making news in more than 20 countries and half a dozen languages. It was discussed on television news shows. It appeared in glossy print, most recently in the June issue of Shape magazine (“Why You Must Eat Chocolate Daily,” page 128). Not only does chocolate accelerate weight loss, the study found, but it leads to healthier cholesterol levels and overall increased well-being. The Bild story quotes the study’s lead author, Johannes Bohannon, Ph.D., research director of the Institute of Diet and Health: “The best part is you can buy chocolate everywhere.”

I am Johannes Bohannon, Ph.D. Well, actually my name is John, and I’m a journalist. I do have a Ph.D., but it’s in the molecular biology of bacteria, not humans. The Institute of Diet and Health? That’s nothing more than a website.

Other than those fibs, the study was 100 percent authentic. My colleagues and I recruited actual human subjects in Germany. We ran an actual clinical trial, with subjects randomly assigned to different diet regimes. And the statistically significant benefits of chocolate that we reported are based on the actual data. It was, in fact, a fairly typical study for the field of diet research. Which is to say: It was terrible science. The results are meaningless, and the health claims that the media blasted out to millions of people around the world are utterly unfounded.

Here’s how we did it. ... (read the rest at the link).
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OCR - comparisons of different software/capability on: May 31, 2015, 03:19:14 AM
Just made a significant correction to my post at Re: OCR - comparisons of different software/capability

Looks like I was mistaken about OneNote being unable to scan that red-coloured text error message.
Trouble is, I learned from this that OneNote is disabled by default (and which cannot be enabled) from scanning scrap images of single lines of text. Of what purpose/use that is, I have no idea.    tellme
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OCR - comparisons of different software/capability on: May 31, 2015, 01:50:18 AM
@Nod5: Thanks for the link re extra cores support. I did pick up on that reference whilst I was reading over your detailed posts in the DC Forum.

@wraith808: Thanks for your comment. From what you say, it rather sounds like software in the 2000s is not too dissimilar to what cars were reportedly like in the 60s/70s - you had to pay through the nose for any "extra" feature - e.g. a heater for the passengers, delayed wiper switch, ... Sheesh. Archaic and greedy marketing for little or no real added value.
125  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: May 30, 2015, 08:47:32 AM
I don't want to expand the work effort that may be required here, but it seems to me the issue (as above) might not be just whether FARR supports the Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right when making a selection, but to confirm whether FARR and its plugins are intended to consistently support standard Windows behaviour in any/all text selection, text navigation and text manipulation key combinations.
This could include, for example:
  • Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right - for making a text selection (currently not supported in FARR).
  • Ctrl+Left/Right - for skipping back/forward to the beginning of a preceding or following word (currently supported in FARR).
  • Ctrl+BackSpace/Delete - deletes preceding/following word (currently supported in FARR)
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